Article: KEEN Creates Open-Source Process For PFC-free Footwear As Part Of Its Detox The Planet Initiative; Challenges Outdoor Footwear Industry To Be PFC-Free By 2025

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KEEN Creates Open-Source Process For PFC-free Footwear As Part Of Its Detox The Planet Initiative; Challenges Outdoor Footwear Industry To Be PFC-Free By 2025

“We spent the last seven years researching, developing and refining what is now a proven process to eliminate PFCs from our products without sacrificing performance, and we want to share this for the common good,” said Erik Burbank, vice president, The KEEN Effect. “By keeping PFCs and PFASs out of our supply chain and products, we’ve kept 180 tons of fluorinated chemicals out of the environment over the last seven years.

We want to share this, so other brands can become PFC-free much faster.   This is a constant battle and time is critical; if we collaborate, we can accelerate the positive impact and our planet will be a better place.”

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Article: Keen Creates Open-Source Process For PFC-Free Footwear

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Keen Creates Open-Source Process For PFC-Free Footwear

Keen Inc. said it has established an open-sourced model for how it creates PFC-free footwear. To support this initiative, Keen issued a challenge to the outdoor footwear industry to be PFC-free by 2025.

PFCs are a class of about 5,000 fluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyls, often called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment. The chemicals are toxic and enter the environment where the chemicals, components and finished products are manufactured, often through contaminated water or waste, and spread easily.

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